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  1. 10 Big Data Facts

    July 26, 2012 by admin


    Technology is always growing, as is the amount of information stored online, with more than 90% of information found on the Internet having been put there in the last two years, a pretty staggering fact really.

    But there are plenty of facts about big data that many people won’t be aware of. After all, it’s a very new piece of technology which has only really become mainstream in the last few years. Here are ten of the most interesting big data facts you may not have known: (more…)

  2. Can Big Data Overcome the Challenges?

    July 20, 2012 by admin


    As with all new technologies, big data faces a number of challenges if it is to become one of the most important assets of a business. This is based partly on the common definition, “data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used tools to process it within a manageable period of time.” If you read into this, you would assume that once the big data is “under control”, it’s not big anymore, just data.

    However, this doesn’t mean that the concept is flawed by any means – far from it in fact – as the amount of data that is in the public domain is always growing and therefore big data is never truly manageable. With 90% of the data ever created having been produced in the last two years, you simply break it down into more bitesize chunks if you will. (more…)

  3. Toshiba Targeting the Big Data Market

    July 13, 2012 by admin


    Tech giants Toshiba are beginning to realise just how crucial the big data market is becoming and are jumping on the bandwagon that many competitors have been riding for a while. The brand are planning to produce a small form factor enterprise Hard Disk Drive that is capable of delivering 900GB.

    According to Toshiba’s research, the annual data consumption globally is now estimated to be around 9.75 zettabytes, and VP of the Toshiba Electronics Europe Storage Promotional Code Products Division Martin Larsson said that the AL13SE series, as it will be known, allows increased capacity without compromising any of the traditional Toshiba performance, increasing both speed and operating reliability at the same time. (more…)

  4. Cloud Computing at the Heart of UEFA Business Plan

    July 6, 2012 by admin


    While the eyes of most of the world, well, Europe at the very least, were trained on Poland and Ukraine last month for the UEFA Euro 2012 championships, the governing body were revealing that cloud computing is right at the very heart of their business plan, allowing them to ensure that all of their IT infrastructure continues to run smoothly.

    With many of the viewers of the tournament, which was won by Spain after beating Italy 4-0 in the final, (for those who didn’t watch it, it was less of a “beating” and more of an “assault” on the Italians), watching online, it just went to show how even football needs to focus on digital technology with people finding new ways of watching the world’s most popular sport. (more…)

  5. “Don’t Throw Any Data Away”

    June 29, 2012 by admin


    At this week’s big data summit held in London, a common view was that companies should be very careful before making the decision to throw any data away as there is potentially immense value in what is known as the “data exhaust.”

    For many months now, I have been promoting big data and emphasizing just how important it is that the data is used for the right reasons and in the right way, so it was great to read about my peers giving similar opinions. Professor Mark Whitehorn, who is the chair of analytics at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said that “even information which might seem insignificant, can be incredibly useful with the correct use.” (more…)

  6. Big Data, Big Focus on Consumer Privacy

    June 22, 2012 by admin

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    With so many companies investing in big data systems in order to understand certain factors relating to their business, concerns are increasing that the privacy of the consumers whose data is being looked at is being ignored. While the handling and use of data such as the names of the consumers is not illegal, if you’re not careful with what you do, you could end up in some pretty deep, and hot, water. (more…)

  7. The Internet is Growing Rapidly, and We’re Changing with It

    June 15, 2012 by admin


    With the amount of information available online increasing at an almost untrackable rate on an hourly basis, what is being dubbed as “the next big thing” ends up being “the big thing” before it even has chance to be “the next.” Not so long ago, laptop computers and super thin MP3 players were the must-have gadgets, now, it’s all about tablets and smartphones. Who could even predict what could be next?

    Two of the buzz words at the moment in the tech industry are ‘big data’ and ‘cloud computing’, two areas which I have taken a particular interest in over the past few years. (more…)

  8. Oracle CEO Promises the “Most Comprehensive Cloud on Earth”

    June 8, 2012 by admin


    During a webcast event earlier this week, Larry Ellison the CEO of Oracle announced that the company were ready to offer “the most comprehensive cloud on planet Earth.”

    Ellison said that the brand’s Public Cloud has “been a long time coming”, and will encompass Oracle’s Fusion Applications delivered as both software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) features, which include the Java Cloud Service and Database Cloud Service. It will also be the base for Oracle’s Social Network as they expand into a series of tools to make their enterprises much more “Facebook-like.” (more…)

  9. Are We Ready for Big Data?

    June 1, 2012 by admin


    There has been a huge explosion in the amount of data available from web server logs, social networks and online records in the last couple of years, and it seems that almost everyone associated with the technology world is talking about big data.

    It is expected that this huge system will become mainstream this year, moving away from its roots which were previously firmly embedded within the science labs and a small number of technology firms, and into the big wide world. But are we ready for it? (more…)

  10. Survey Reveals 70% of Businesses Currently Using, Considering or Planning Big Data Projects

    May 25, 2012 by admin


    A recent global survey has revealed that organisations are viewing big data as a highly profitable business prospect as opposed to another IT challenge, and they are now either making waves with their new asset, or discussing it as a potential addition to their existing business.

    The survey by data integration software provider Informatica Corporation, showed that almost 70% of businesses are either currently using, considering using, or planning to use big data projects, with 44% thinking about using it, 13% testing it, and 20% currently running big data projects. (more…)